Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer story has been criticised by a family member of one of the victims.
The Netflix show hit the platform last week and has already proved to be a massive hit, with audiences streaming thousands of hours of the 10-episode limited series.
It tells the true story of the life of Dahmer, played by Evan Peters, and how he committed a series of horrific murders in the 70s and 80s before eventually being captured by authorities.
Monster has received mixed reviews from critics, as although Peters has received praise for his performance, the show has been accused of glamorising the crimes of Dahmer.
The latter view is apparently held by the victims' families, too.
“I’m not telling anyone what to watch, I know true crime media is huge right now, but if you’re actually curious about the victims, my family (the Isbell’s) are pissed about this show,” Eric Perry, the cousin of victim Errol Lindsey wrote on Twitter.
“Recreating my cousin having an emotional breakdown in court in the face of the man who tortured and murdered her brother is WILD."
Perry confirmed that the family were not contacted by the creators of the show prior to production.
“So when they say they’re doing this ‘with respect to the victims’ or ‘honoring the dignity of the families,’ no one contacts them,” he continued.
“My cousins wake up every few months at this point with a bunch of calls and messages and they know there’s another Dahmer show. It’s cruel.”
Evan Peters discusses the main rule on Dahmer set
Those involved in the show, including Peters, have defended the depiction of events. He says that the one primary rule during production was that the victims' stories were told, as well as highlighting the fact that racism and homophobia played a part in Dahmer evading justice for so long.
“We had one rule going into this from Ryan , that it would never be told from Dahmer’s point of view,” Peters said.
"It’s called ‘The Jeffrey Dahmer Story,’ but it’s not just him and his backstory: It’s the repercussions, it’s how society and our system failed to stop him multiple times because of racism, homophobia. It’s just a tragic story.”
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